Returning from Italy and a lost cat

Despite the fact that Maria has worked for most of it, we have still had a great holiday with a couple of visits to the Lido, meeting new friends and some great food.  There were a few really good friends that we didn’t get to catch up with as well as a few where we […]
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Favourite blogs

Well the blog has been in place now for a couple of years and we have also added blogs from previously that describe the journey we have been going through. In that time, a lot has happened and I thought it may be worth pointing out some of our highlights for those who have caught up […]
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Italy, here we come

The annual pilgrimage to Italy started, this year, from Kent.  So it’s Wednesday and you will recall Maria starts the holiday earlier and earlier each year. Maria finishes her last work call at about 3:30pm and we are on our way to the Eurotunnel which is only ten minutes away since we join the M20 […]
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Maria needs a holiday

Maria has a sneaky plan that she thinks I don’t get. Each year when we go for our two week summer holiday, she steals an extra day or so. Last year, we left in mid week so that we arrived in Italy for the weekend.  This year, Maria has booked us into a place in […]
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Time to come out of the water

I seem to remember getting told that a lot when on holiday, so it is fitting that Mariadz has been told this.  Today is the start of the annual lift out and maintenance period for Mariadz.  A chance to check a few things and do some fixes that aren’t possible in the water.  This year […]
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Servicing the windlass

On Mariadz, we have a 32Kg Rocna anchor and so we like to go out on anchor a fair bit. Just before we bought the Moody, the windlass failed and the previous owners had to replace it a few weeks before we took possession.  To be fair, it was pretty much the only thing that […]
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What’s that smell???

For some time Maria has been complaining that’s there is a funny smell in the saloon. It’s not there all the time and is sometimes disguised when the air freshener goes off but Maria wanted it traced. I either have to investigate the smell or buy Maria, and any guests, a nose peg! Our friend, […]
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Teak decks in need of a little TLC

We are big fans of teak decks although recognise that they are not everyone’s cup of tea and can get quite hot in warmer climates.  Some time ago I checked our decks which have worn away and now have 5-7mm of wood left. Apart from normal wear and tear and the slight impact of our […]
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When in Italy

As I am sure you have been able to tell from the website, we are rather keen on Italy and Puglia in particular.  However we are not the types to try and turn a small part of Italy into little England.  To that end for the last few years we have been trying to learn […]
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Clothes Washing

Mariadz, when we first got her, had a SOBA washing machine which is small and apparently designed for the yachting life.  However, Maria wanted to see if there was a portable solution that would work on the boat, in the motorhome or in Italy before the main house was finished. In the end, she decided […]
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